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Hottest Body Shaping Exercises for Women
- by Joey Atlas, Exercise Physiologist ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Body shaping is a term used quite often in fitness and weight loss settings. However, it is deeply misunderstood and misused. Because of this confusion - women who seek to achieve improved body shaping are often led down a path of unwanted changes or elusive results.
Body shaping is not bodybuilding, it's not power-lifting, and it's not weight-lifting. These are not for everybody - but body shaping can be, especially for women.
For some - the term body shaping defines an old-school form of exercise better known for the ingredients of spandex, leg warmers and clumsy, and sometimes dangerous, calisthenics set to music (remember the '80s?). For others it means trying to force change on the female body through weights and machine type workouts that are borrowed from gym type routines of men looking for maximal muscle gain.
This is not body shaping.
Body shaping is the wise use of certain principles of exercise, fitness and smart nutrition to manifest desired changes in the body. Much too often, the term is confused with other types of exercise programs that are not conducive to firming and shaping the female body, safely and efficiently.
There are several elements of body shaping, although not all elements apply to all women. Fat removal, cellulite reduction, skin tightening, feminine muscle shaping, inches lost, changes in body composition levels, shaping curvy thighs or a rounder butt, toning up the arms and shoulders, losing stomach flab - these can all fall under the heading of body shaping for women.
Two ladies with very different goals can follow the same type of fitness program while adhering to nutritional plans that are structured to be in line with their goals, and dependent on their starting points, with measurable progress and consistent success.
A woman who is sixty-three pounds over weight and wanting to lose body fat has the same human body as a woman who is slightly under weight and wants to gain some muscle weight, through body shaping exercises, while improving her overall level of fitness. Although there may be differences in natural abilities of coordination or strength they can both do the same exercise routine. Differences in caloric intake and the quality of foods eaten will be the factor that brings each of these women closer to their individual body shaping goals.
Cardiovascular exercise may require some fine tuning. The woman who wants to lose body fat to achieve body shaping results, will devote a larger amount of time to cardiovascular exercise (25 - 40 minutes) as compared to the woman who wants to build up certain areas of her body to become more shapely(15 - 25 minutes).
Some body shaping programs try to combine the resistance exercise with cardiovascular exercise. While this is not easy, and most programs fall short of doing this successfully, it is possible - especially when the body shaping program uses body-weight exercise principles.
A true & proper body shaping workout is not commonly found in the gym setting. You either have individual programs of weight training and machine exercises or group classes focused on aerobics with some light 'body shaping'. True body shaping utilizes gravity, body-weight and bio-mechanics to bring about changes in the female body through full body conditioning with specific body shaping exercises and workouts.
When these factors are combined properly, you can realistically expect to see great results within a month and sometimes less - especially when appropriate attention is payed to nutrition habits and daily caloric intake. The combination of targeted and synergistic body shaping exercises with a clean, healthy eating plan is a guarantee for definite changes and sexy results.
Exercise Physiologist and Fitness Consultant, Joey Atlas, is the creator of the Home, Office and Travel Body Shaping DVD Series
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